The LIBOR scandal has started the Great Revealing of Financial Tyranny. Mass arrests must begin with mass charges, and mass court cases — and that has now arrived. Disclosure of many great hidden truths will follow.
THE TIME HAS COME
Every person on Earth is increasingly aware that our world is ruled by corrupt forces — to an almost Biblical degree.
The astonishing events that have unfolded since June 27, 2012 have made that much more obvious — even for those who have been in the greatest denial.
This process has been fascinating to watch — not to mention remarkably rewarding.
After many years of hard work to expose the truth, we are finally seeing results — on a worldwide level. The knowledge will spread much, much more with each passing day.
In this new investigation, I will do my best to provide you with a blow-by-blow compendium of what has actually happened.
Furthermore, we are now seeing a precise fulfillment of the justice we’ve been promising on this site since at least last November.
Critical information was leaked to us from highly classified insider sources, working for the good of humanity. Current events have proven that their plan is still very much in effect.
THE FINANCIAL TYRANNY SERIES: A FULL BOOK-LENGTH INVESTIGATION
Every word of this investigation has been released for free. The bulk of our original findings are in the Financial Tyranny series.
The first and largest portion of our extensive investigation was released on Friday, January 13th, 2012.
The remaining elements took almost another month to finish, and were published on Thursday, February 9th.
This truth is admittedly painful to accept. You will probably have to go through a grief process once you understand the full scope of what is going on.
Nonetheless, it is absolutely essential for everyone, as a planet, to end the denial and face the truth of our world — as it actually exists today.
THE MEDIA IS ALSO IMPLICATED
The Great Revealing has not yet become the one thing everyone is talking about.
The arrests and resignations have only just begun — and the mainstream Western media is equally as culpable as those controlling the financial system.
After all, it’s the same people.
This is one of many popular notions that are proven in Financial Tyranny. It is no longer a “conspiracy theory.”
Vast psyops have been used — including tens of thousands of professional online hit-men, paid to look like normal people sharing their opinion.
Shame has been a very powerful weapon to stop people from learning the truth. No one wants to be “crazy” or hated for their beliefs.
You are about to see a variety of article links where the writers express surprise that the American media isn’t covering this story yet.
As you are well aware, this has nothing to do with the press being “shy.” They are simply staring into the face of their own destruction.
THE COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION — WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
On June 27, 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC, filed a surprise legal order against Barclays Bank — in a move that has shocked the world.
A wealth of emails were presented, giving irrefutable evidence that Barclays was manipulating their own credit score — to generate almost unthinkably vast profits.
Here is the link where you can download the legal order yourself — and a photograph of the top page of this historic document.
This may not seem like a big deal at first — but in order for Barclays to have rigged their own credit score, they had to be conspiring with all the other biggest banks in the world.
These are the banks they are supposedly in competition with.
This story has taken off with unprecedented, explosive force in the UK — but is almost non-existent in the US, except on Huffington Post and alternative news sites.
This legal action required extraordinary secrecy to perform. Had the Cabal gotten wind of it, they would have killed everyone involved.
ALL THE BIGGEST BANKS ARE IN BED TOGETHER
Indeed, the world just found out that all the biggest banks are in bed together.
They are all implicated in a vast conspiracy to lie to the public, and create artificial investor confidence that benefits no one but themselves.
Mass criminal charges are already being prepared — by labor unions, local banks, local governments, state governments and federal governments — as a result of this move by the Department of Justice.
All the evidence is now freely available, as we will see — and the story is nearly moving faster than we can keep up with at this point, with new developments on a day-by-day basis.
SOME PEOPLE PROMOTE A GENOCIDAL BELIEF SYSTEM
Some people are so war-weary that they refuse to believe anyone in government, military, finance, intelligence or the judiciary could be a trustworthy human being — or want to do the right thing.
As I have said before, this is ultimately a genocidal belief system that seeks to paint the world in black and white, reinforce victim consciousness, and create an “us” versus “them.”
Everyone in the “us” category is universally good… and everyone in the “them” category is diabolically evil.
The evil ones must be utterly tortured and destroyed — with prejudice. If even one of them survives, it will all grow back again.
If this sounds like the teachings of a fundamentalist cult, you are absolutely correct.
Hitler was only one of many who put these types of thoughts into practice.
The reality is that humans are complex creatures. No one is “all good” or “all bad.”
Each person is quite capable of thinking for themselves — regardless of where they work.
Plenty of people now realize that the goals and aspirations of this cabal could literally destroy our entire planet.
We cannot simply stand back and watch it happen. Actions must be taken.
THE NUMBER OF “GOOD GUYS” IS NOW AS HIGH AS 75 PERCENT
Between 70 to 75 percent of the United States military community is now aligned against the cabal as of this past week.
This is according to top Pentagon sources I am in contact with, by one degree of separation — as a result of years of building up insider contacts as a public investigator.
Critical steps have been taken to remove powerful opposing forces that were loyal to the cabal — who would have sabotaged this planetary healing process.
Many brave men and women have put their lives on the line to uphold their Oath of Enlistment — and defend our freedom.
They deserve our respect and support.
There is nothing more dangerous on Earth than to take on the ruling cabal. This also makes it a uniquely powerful act of valor.
As a result of these heroic efforts — including criminal investigations — we are now seeing a Point of No Return for the global bankers.
If you don’t grasp that yet, the wealth of excerpts you are about to read may well change your mind.
THEY HAVE BEEN WEAKER THAN WE REALIZED ALL ALONG
In truth, these financial institutions have been much weaker than they led us to believe for years now — since at least 2007.
They have played around with their own credit reports to convince everyone that they are still a worthwhile investment.
If they had told us the truth about how much trouble they were in, they would probably have already been exposed and defeated.
A vast international alliance has been financially choking off the Cabal for years now — knowing that their collapse is inevitable. They are still too powerful to be exposed until a collapse becomes visible to all.
Their fraud is so vast that it encompasses every single type of financial investment there is — stocks, bonds, commodities, currency, mutual funds, derivatives, mortages, loans, you name it.
All the money there is in the world — either real money or fake numbers in a computer — has been manipulated to create the largest financial fraud in recorded history… so far.
Many experts now estimate the amount of investments that are affected could be as much as 800 trillion ( ! ) dollars.
THE SCIENCE ALREADY CAME IN — BUT NO ONE WAS PAYING ATTENTION
Last September, an incredible scientific paper was released that proved, irrefutably, that the world is being controlled by a vastly interconnected cabal.
It is rather ironic that these scientists are based in Switzerland — the world capital of secretive, off-the-books banking.
I am going to re-quote some of the first section of Financial Tyranny at this point, and add new material as well.
A VAST COMPUTER DATABASE OF CORPORATIONS
Glattfelder’s team unleashed an impressive armada of supercomputers on Orbis 2007 — a very elaborate database of the top 37 million corporations and individual investors worldwide.
The results were absolutely stunning.
If you don’t mind “getting your hands dirty” with scientific lingo, this excerpt from page 3 of their study explains more about the database and what they found. I have added emphasis where appropriate.
MORE ABOUT THE DATABASE
It may not seem possible that one database could generate the findings you are about to see.
Therefore, for those who are interested, I want to point out additional information that appears on page 12, regarding the Orbis database and how it was used.
THE “BOW-TIE” STRUCTURE
As you just read, the Swiss scientists identified a total of 43,060 trans-national corporations in the Orbis 2007 database.
They were quite surprised to discover a “bow-tie” structure when they analyzed how these corporations were related to one another.
The “bow-tie” is a visual metaphor of what their data actually looked like once they had everything mapped out. A bow-tie has a small central knot with two loops coming off of it.
The equivalent of the bow-tie, in ther computer data, was a very small central knot of corporations with branches that extended out to a surprising majority of the entire system.
In this case, it looks more like a circle with a bunch of red dots in the middle — but notice how the dots are all clustered in the center.
This brief explanation helps us understand some of the wording in the abstract of the paper, which summarized their findings at the beginning:
A CORE OF 1,318 COMPANIES THAT RUN THE SHOW
The Swiss team revealed that a very small ‘core’ of 1,318 companies was in direct control of many more corporations. In total, these corporations earned 20 percent of the world’s wealth, as we will see.
This ‘core’ is the first level of the “bow-tie” structure they discovered. The 1,318 companies were the “knot” of the bow-tie, which extended out and entangled many other corporations.
This excerpt from page 5 is where they first mention the core:
A GHOST IN THE MACHINE
It is very, very strange that all these corporations, theoretically in competition with each other, all actually own each other’s companies.
The scientists were shocked, because the ownership was far more entangled and interrelated than anyone could ever have imagined — even for those with the unsavory label of a “conspiracy theorist.”
These were not crackpots.
Credible scientists explored virgin territory, using supercomputers and a vast database — and discovered an astonishing “ghost in the machine.”
LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK
In this diagram, taken from the Swiss study, we see a better illustration of the core — including some of the top players within it, and their relationships.
Look closely. Some of these names should already be quite familiar to you:
Names that immediately jump out include Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, UBS, Deutsche Bank and Barclays.
These are almost all financial institutions. They are supposed to be in competition with each other. Most of their employees certainly think they are.
What the hell are they doing by all owning each other’s companies?
THE GREATEST MAGIC TRICK ON EARTH
It’s almost like a magic show. The magician uses mis-direction to get his audience to look away from the stage, at just the right time, to create compelling illusions.[A very interesting synchronicity happened right after I added this picture the next morning. See the update section below.]
In this case, the illusion would be that if you invest in one of these financial institutions, you are hoping that you will earn more profits than if you went with one of the others.
No one knew that they were all actually working together.
No matter which one of these companies you invest in, all your money is going to the same players.
It’s like a casino that is rigged to insure the “house always wins.”
THE CORE IS EARNING 20 PERCENT OF ALL THE PROFITS ON EARTH
This is still just the beginning. It gets much more outrageous from here.
This “core” of 1,318 companies owns other corporations that, in total, are earning 20 percent of all the money there is to make in the world.
The quotes to prove this will appear in just a minute.
This fact alone reveals that there is an astonishing monopoly at play in the world.
Any interconnected matrix of control like this should be subject to vast, sweeping anti-trust legislation.
Otherwise, there are all sorts of insider moves that can be made to financially exploit the people.
However, in addition to their own 20 percent share, the “core” also appeared to own and control the stock in a majority of all the largest companies in the world.
These companies’ profits add up to an additional 60 percent of global revenues.
The results of our investigation just got much worse. This is nothing short of staggering:
Although they represented 20 per cent of global operating revenues, the 1318 [corporations] appeared to collectively own, through their shares, the majority of the world’s large blue chip and manufacturing firms — the “real” economy — representing a further 60 per cent of global revenues….[This] core of 1318 companies [had] interlocking ownerships. Each of the 1318 had ties to two or more other companies, and on average they were connected to 20 [other corporations].
A STUPEFYING AND HUMBLING DISCOVERY
This kind of discovery can actually make your brain hurt.
When we find out that 80 percent of all the money being earned in the world is all going into a centralized network, that’s another way of saying “Everything is Under Control.”
The remaining 20 percent of “hold-outs” are probably in foreign nations who somehow managed to resist this vast Cabal.
The 80-percent majority includes pharmaceutical companies, clothing manufacturers, agriculture providers, gadget-makers, mining consortiums, telecommunications companies, defense contractors, food manufacturers and the media complex.
It’s what we eat, what we drink, what we wear, what we drive, what we use, what we learn and what we are informed by.
This is a stupefying and very humbling discovery.
Once the average person steps back, absorbs this information and then passes out from intellectual fatigue, they are likely to wake up with nightmares.
737 CORPORATIONS HAVE 80 PERCENT OF THE CONTROL
The magic trick isn’t over. This is all still just the set-up, as the elusive magician draws us more and more into the realm of the fantastic — and the impossible.
Believe it or not, only 737 corporations control this network that directly earns 80 percent of all the world’s profits.
The smoke rises — and the audience gasps in awe at how the magician could have ever pulled off a stunt like this.
This next excerpt from page 6 of the paper reveals the truth — in stark, black and white words on this screen.
Don’t let the technical jargon fool you. This single sentence has earth-shaking implications — and everyone needs to know about it.
THE SWISS WERE THE VERY FIRST TO DISCOVER THIS
Now we tumble even deeper into the realm of the bizarre — and the inexplicable. Just when you thought the magic trick was over, it gets even more outrageous.
The Swiss team was astonished by this discovery of 737 corporations earning 80 percent of all the world’s wealth — in a closed, central network.
No one talks about this. No one knew this. The Swiss were the very first, in human history, to discover this — scientifically. It jumped right out of the data — and was absolutely undeniable.
Remember — their discovery grew out of a complex analysis of 600,508 nodes, with 1,006,987 different connections between them.
The computers are correlating vast amounts of information provided for each individual node — and mapping how it all fits together.
A “SUPER-ENTITY” OF 147 CORPORATIONS DIRECTLY CONTROL 40 PERCENT OF THE WEALTH
Emboldened and mystified by this seemingly impossible discovery, the Swiss team then crunched the numbers even harder — consuming what must have been months of computer processing time.
Their hard work paid off — with astonishing precision.
By drilling down even harder, they found that within these 737 companies, there was a very deeply hidden “super-entity” of only 147 corporations.
Together, this super-elite, good-old-boys-club of 147 companies directly earns a whopping 40 percent of all the wealth in the world.
When the team further untangled the web of ownership, it found much of it tracked back to a “super-entity” of 147 even more tightly knit companies — all of their ownership was held by other members of the super-entity — that controlled 40 per cent of the total wealth in the network.
THE TOP 147 ALSO APPEAR TO CONTROL 80 PECENT OF THE WORLD’S WEALTH, IN TOTAL
Let’s not forget that these 147 companies appear to be in complete control of the 737 corporations that we were just talking about.
This was very difficult to find, and could not have been revealed without massive computer power — which almost borders on artificial intelligence.
Therefore, we now know that this “super-entity” of 147 companies likely controls 80 percent of all the money to be earned in the world.
Without the advanced technology of supercomputers and chaos theory, no one would have been able to discover this.
History has caught up to the Powers that Were.
THE SAME PEOPLE RUN THE FEDERAL RESERVE
Next question: What kind of companies do you think these top 147 corporations are? Remember – they control a staggering 40 percent of the world’s wealth.
As it says on page 6 of the paper, 75 percent of the corporations within the “super-entity” were financial institutions.
The top financial institutions within the “super-entity” should sound pretty familiar to you by now.
They include Barclays Bank, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Merrill Lynch, UBS, Bank of New York, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs.
Multiple investigators have concluded that these same financial institutions are the private banks that run the Federal Reserve.
Our Swiss scientists did provide us with a list of the top 50 of these corporations — fully one-third of the whole problem.
THE TOP 50 COMPANIES RULING THE WORLD
YES, THERE IS A MONOPOLY — AND THAT POSES SEVERE RISKS
The next big question is whether this monopoly is engaged in cartel-style corruption. Do they secretly conspire to rig the markets and profit extensively?
The Swiss scientists used the term “bloc” to describe such a cartel, as we will see in a bit.
In this first excerpt from the Discussion section, they reveal that there is no direct evidence yet that this is being done — but the implications are fearsome if there is.
THEY COULD FORM A CARTEL-STYLE “BLOC” THAT ELIMINATES COMPETITION
In this next excerpt, our Swiss scientists admit that it is “not unlikely” that this centralized network could be playing dirty — and cheating the world on a vast scale.
THIS IS NOT AN UNLIKELY SCENARIO
As we go on from here, the Swiss scientists remind us of other examples of cartel-style “blocs” that are already on the public historical record.
THE SCIENTISTS DIDN’T WANT TO STICK THEIR NECKS OUT
To be fair, these scientists did say this could all be due to the magic of Chaos theory.
They said this could all be a “logical phase” of the “self-organizing” nature of complex systems – such as the global economy:
“Such structures are common in nature,” says Sugihara…. Or as Braha puts it: “The Occupy Wall Street claim that 1 per cent of people have most of the wealth reflects a logical phase of the self-organising economy.”
So, the super-entity may not result from conspiracy. The real question, says the Zurich team, is whether it can exert concerted political power.
Driffill feels 147 is too many to sustain collusion. Braha suspects they will compete in the market but act together on common interests….
“It’s disconcerting to see how connected things really are,” agrees George Sugihara of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, a complex systems expert who has advised Deutsche Bank.
THE END OF THE PAPER IS WORDED MORE BOLDLY
You never waste words when you write up a scientific paper after years’ worth of hard work. Bearing that in mind, read the last paragraph of the actual paper itself:
This is the first time a ranking of economic actors by global control is presented. Notice that many actors belong to the financial sector… and many of the names are well-known global players….
This means that they do not carry out their business in isolation but, on the contrary, they are tied together in an extremely entangled web of control.
This finding is extremely important since there was no prior economic theory or empirical evidence regarding whether and how top players are connected.
Finally, it should be noted that governments and natural persons are only featured further down in the list.
Then add this line in from the second-to-last paragraph of the first part of the paper, on page 8:
Our results show that, globally, top holders are at least in the position to exert considerable control, either formally (e.g., voting in shareholder and board meetings) or via informal negotiations.
WHAT KIND OF “INFORMAL NEGOTIATIONS” ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE?
Let’s be clear that the Swiss scientists suggested the possibility of “back-room dealings” — the type of insider cheating that conspiracies are made of.
This is what they are calling “informal negotiations.”
Now, with the LIBOR scandal, we have the proof that these “informal negotiations” are indeed taking place — and the world has been electrified.
All 16 of the top financial institutions in the world have been secretly conspiring, with each other, to defraud the public.
This has now become common knowledge in the last three weeks.
With this scientific backdrop, the significance of what you are about to read will be much greater.
BARCLAYS WAS DIRECTLY TARGETED
Again, as of June 27, 2012, action was taken against Barclays Bank by the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC, to make this knowledge public — on a mass scale — for the very first time.
US FEDERAL MARSHALS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS
The CFTC is the financial investigation branch of the Department of Justice. The personnel who enforce the law on behalf of the Department of Justice are the US federal Marshals.
The US federal Marshals are the only entities legally capable of taking down this cabal — which has seized control of the world and its resources to an astonishing degree.
The Marshals are allowed to cross state borders, and can enlist the support of the police and the military to aid in their enforcement of the law.
These tools are absolutely critical in defeating such a vastly interconnected entity.
All of these details fit perfectly with the “Mass Arrests” scenario we’ve been heavily tracking on this website since last November.
In order to do mass arrests, you have to start with mass charges — leading to mass court cases.
The Department of Justice has now kicked this process into high gear. As you will see, the outraged public is already calling for mass arrests as the scope of the conspiracy sinks in.
THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
At the center of this octopus of global control is the Federal Reserve System. It was originally called the National Reserve System, and was presented in 1911 and 1912 via the Aldrich Plan.
The idea was to outsource the control of the US financial system to a private consortium of international bankers.
Americans then essentially rent their money from these bankers — and pay them for the honor of using it.
As billionaires, the trust and collateral of these bankers is supposedly superior to any “reserve” within the US government itself.
This vintage cartoon shows how there was a widespread understanding, in the early 20th Century, of the danger we faced if we allowed private bankers to seize control of our financial system.
WHAT WERE THE RESULTS?
This problem did not begin in 1911. Once you have read Financial Tyranny, you will be well aware that it goes back to at least the 1700s.
The results of the Federal Reserve were elegantly summed up by the Ron Paul site:
Since the Fed’s creation in 1913, the dollar has lost more than 96% of its value, and by recklessly inflating the money supply, the Fed continues to distort interest rates — and intentionally erodes the value of the dollar.
For the past 30 years, Congressman Ron Paul has worked tirelessly to bring much-needed transparency and accountability to the secretive bank.
And in 2009 and 2010, his unfaltering dedication showed astonishing results: HR 1207, the bill to audit the Federal Reserve, swept the country and made the central bankers shudder at their desks.
The bill passed as an amendment both in the House Financial Services Committee and in the House itself. But eventually the most significant portions of the bill were derailed. (Full story here.)
NOT THIS TIME
Ron Paul’s original bill led to a shocking disclosure.
The Federal Reserve paid 26 trillion dollars in bailouts — with American money it printed, without our permission — to its own member banks surrounding the financial crash of 2008.
This has still not created anywhere near the degree of outrage that it should have. Corporate media has completely ignored it — because to publicize it would speed their own destruction.
Here is a small part of the letter where Congressman Alan Grayson reveals how he found this number, in the newly-audited Federal Reserve balance sheets, to John Hively — “The World’s Most Accurate Economic Forecaster Since 1989”.
CONGRESSMAN GRAYSON: I wouldn’t want anyone to think that I’m dramatizing or amplifying what this GAO report says, so I’m just going to list some of my favorite parts, by page number.
Page 131 – The total lending for the Fed’s “broad-based emergency programs” was $16,115,000,000,000.That’s right, more than $16 trillion. The four largest recipients, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Bank of America, received more than a trillion dollars each.
The 5th largest recipient was Barclays PLC. The 8th was the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, PLC. The 9th was Deutsche Bank AG. The 10th was UBS AG. These four institutions each got between a quarter of a trillion and a trillion dollars. None of them is an American bank.
Page 205 – Separate and apart from these “broad-based emergency program” loans were another $10,057,000,000,000 in “currency swaps.” In the “currency swaps,” the Fed handed dollars to foreign central banks, no strings attached, to fund bailouts in other countries….
These currency swaps and the “broad-based emergency program” loans, together, totaled more than $26 trillion. That’s almost $100,000 for every man, woman, and child in America.
That’s an amount equal to more than seven years of federal spending — on the military, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, interest on the debt, and everything else. And around twice America’s total GNP….
If the Fed had extended $26 trillion in credit to the American people instead of Wall Street, would there be 24 million Americans today who can’t find a full-time job?
NOW THE AUDIT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE COMPLETED
However, as the above quote from the Ron Paul site reveals, “the most significant portions of the bill were derailed.”
That all may have just changed. The magic date should sound quite familiar by now — June 27, 2012.
The House Oversight Committee easily cleared legislation Wednesday that would require a top-to-bottom audit of the Federal Reserve.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), was advanced by the committee on a bipartisan voice vote with no vocal opposition.
The measure, which has garnered 257 co-sponsors from both parties, would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a full audit of the Fed’s operations, including its monetary policy deliberations, for the first time….
Before the audit bill cleared the oversight committee on Wednesday, ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) attempted to introduce an amendment that would prevent the GAO from auditing the Fed’s deliberations on monetary policy.
Cummings withdrew the amendment after Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) voiced opposition, saying it “essentially guts this bill.”
Issa maintained it was ironic that Congress took an intense interest in the $2 billion and counting in losses suffered recently by JPMorgan Chase when it “pales in comparison” to the Fed’s multi-trillion dollar portfolio.
“It is long past time for a real audit,” he said.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has previously opposed congressional attempts to audit the Fed’s monetary policy deliberations, saying it would expose the politically independent institution to lawmaker pressure.
VERY INTERESTING THAT BOTH OF THESE THINGS HAPPENED ON THE SAME DAY
I find it very interesting that the Department of Justice blew the whistle on the LIBOR scandal on the same day that the new Audit the Fed bill passed the House Committee.
Clearly there is a “read between the lines” message being given here — for those who are paying attention.
The Federal Reserve IS the heart of the “cartel” of bankers that are manipulating the LIBOR rate.
It is safe to say that the Federal Reserve and its affiliates were completely caught off guard by this surprise one-two punch — and have been scrambling to contain the damage ever since.
Though this has now become a tremendously significant issue in Great Britain, the controlled US monopoly press has essentially been plugging its ears and humming, hoping it will just go away.
Just as I was preparing to publish this, we had another tragic mass shooting in Colorado.
Once you’ve read Financial Tyranny, you may start to wonder if these “lone nut” assassins are really acting alone.
Stories like this can dominate the headlines for weeks — and wash away other, embarrassing issues for the Cabal in the meantime.
ROLLING STONE’S MATT TAIBBI EXPLAINS THE LIBOR SCANDAL
This next video is an excerpt from Elliott Spitzer’s show, Viewpoint, on Current TV. It has completely gone viral — for good reason.
It very nicely summarizes what the people have now learned as a result of the LIBOR scandal — and should be considered “required viewing” for anyone seeking to understand this.
[youtube height=”400″ width=”550″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oV2mI0IYp8[/youtube]
July 3: Matt Taibbi Explains LIBOR Scandal – It’s Over for the Banking Cartel
THE ORIGINAL WRITEUP FROM CURRENT TV
Here is the original writeup of this show, as it appears on the Current TV website. Additional information is provided that is not in the video — and it is nicely summarized.
July 3: Original Link on Current TV to Spitzer / Taibbi Interview
“Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer, Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone contributing editor, and Dennis Kelleher, president and CEO of Better Markets, analyze the Libor interest rate–rigging scandal engulfing the banking industry.
Barclays CEO Bob Diamond recently resigned after the bank was fined $453 million for its part in the scandal, which involved manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor), a key global benchmark for interest rates, by essentially “faking their credit scores,” according to Taibbi.
And as Taibbi explains, Barclays couldn’t have acted alone.
“It can’t just be Barclays and the Royal Bank of Scotland. In fact, it can’t even be four banks or even five banks,” he says.
“Really, in the end it’s probably going to come out that it’s going to be all of them … involved in this. And that’s what’s critical for people to understand: that this is a cartel-style corruption.”
Kelleher argues that the Libor scandal is proof that the financial industry “is corrupt and rotten to its core.”
“The same executives [using] the same business model that crashed the entire financial system in ’08 are still running these banks,” he says.
AL-JAZEERA’S “INSIDE STORY” DOES A NICE JOB AS WELL
Television news often lacks explosive drama — but not in the case of the July 4th episode of “Inside Story” on Al-Jazeera!
Beginning at 11:55, the host Mike Hannah asks Philip Booth, Programme Director for the Institute of Economic Affairs, if manipulation should become a crime, rather than a “moral mistake.”
Then, at 12:26 into the video — very shortly after Philip Booth begins his answer — Max Keiser starts screaming that Philip Booth is lying.
It was quite a dramatic moment in the often-sterile world of television news.
The whole video is worth watching, but definitely check it out at 11:55 if you don’t have time to see the rest.
[youtube height=”400″ width=”550″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI55EDP3T2I[/youtube]
TRANSCRIPT OF MAX KEISER’S BIG MELTDOWN
This event was significant enough of a “breakthrough” in mainstream media that I transcribed it.
Once Max Keiser starts yelling, I deleted all the overtalk so his message is presented intact:
MIKE HANNAH: [11:55] So the question here is, should some international body be regulating the regulators of a system that appears to assume that everyone acts honestly?
And, Philip Booth, should the emphasis be on legal rather than regulatory sanction? In other words, make manipulation a crime, rather than some moral mistake?
PHILIP BOOTH: Yes, I really don’t understand the point of view that suggests that somehow London is very lightly regulated markets, and that’s why all this fraud and these misdemeanors take place.
MAX KEISER: (screaming) Because that’s the reality of the situation! OK?
Stop peddling out lies! Deregulation? There’s NO regulation!
You can re-hypothecate to infinity in London! Stop telling lies!
People are being suffered for austerity because panel members like that are lying!
That’s absolutely unacceptable! You can’t have somebody come on your show and lie like that!
London is a cesspool! There is no regulation — and the Bank of England is totally implicated in this scandal! [MICRPHONE TURNED OFF]
AND NOW FOR THE PLAY-BY-PLAY
To really understand just how big the LIBOR scandal is, and how far it has spread, we need to read the articles that have come out… in chronological order.
This is only a small sample of what is available — but it is nonetheless very revealing.
I have dipped in and found the most useful articles, and traced it all the way back to the day it started.
JUNE 27: THE SCANDAL BREAKS IN THE UK TELEGRAPH
In this first excerpt, we see a comprehensive announcement in the UK Telegraph that began the day this all started.
June 27: Barclays Fined for LIBOR Fixing
Barclays has been fined £290m for attempting to manipulate the world’s benchmarking borrowing rate in a blow to the bank’s reputation that has raised questions over the future of chief executive Bob Diamond.
The Financial Services Authority fined Barclays a record £60m, saying staff at the bank had repeatedly made false submissions to help set the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor).
The rate is used to fix the cost of borrowing on mortgages, loans and derivatives worth more than $450 trillion (£288 trillion) globally.
Investigators from the FSA and the US Commodity Futures and Trading Commission said they had foundevidence that Barclays had tried to manipulate Libor for several years in the run up to the financial crisis and in its aftermath.
Emails uncovered as part of a three-year investigation into claims that Barclays and other banks attempted to inflate and suppress Libor show the extent of the scandal.
In one message sent to a Barclays employee involved in the bank’s Libor submission, a trader asked for the rate to be set “as high as possible today”, to which the unnamed staff member replied “sure”.
In another, a trader from an unnamed rival bank thanks a Barclays trader for successfully getting the lender’s Libor rate lowered, saying: “Dude. I owe you big time! Come over one day after work and I’m opening a bottle of Bollinger.”
About a dozen banks are being investigated as part of the Libor probe, including state-backed lenders Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland, as well as many of the largest US and European investment banks.
A SUMMARY OF THE EMAILS
The Department of Justice personnel from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission went in, on a highly secretive basis, and collected emails implicating the Cabal in this vast scandal.
Here, the UK Telegraph summarizes those emails — on the day this all broke out.
June 27: Key Emails Revealing How Barclays Manipulated LIBOR
CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS ON THE DAY THE SCANDAL BROKE
Events moved at lightning speed in the UK when the scandal broke. Here is a link to a summary of what happened that day.
June 28: Barclays LIBOR Scandal As It Happened
David Cameron says Barclays has “serious questions to answer” over Libor fixing and George Osborne describes the scandal as a “shocking indictment” of the banks amid calls for the bank’s chief executive Bob Diamond to resign.
BRITAIN’S TOP BUSINESS LOBBYING GROUP CALLS LIBOR SCANDAL “DEPLORABLE”
Two days after it started, the head of Britain’s top business lobbying group expressed his horror at the depth of this scandal.
June 29: Britain’s Top Business Lobbying Group Calls LIBOR Scandal “Deplorable”
“The manipulation of the LIBOR arrangements is deplorable and undermines international trust in the integrity of the City. This weakness must be addressed and the culprits punished.
“We should be mindful, however, of the importance of banking to the UK economy and that throwing out the baby with the bathwater is in no-one’s interest provided the baby is clean.”
BARCLAYS CEO WAS DETERMINED TO STAND HIS GROUND
On July 1st, Bob Diamond, the CEO of Barclays, was still defiantly standing his ground and refusing to step down.
As Bob Diamond announces he won’t step down over the rate-fixing scandal, Sky News takes a look at the controversial man behind the headlines.
GERMAN PRESS BLOWS THE WHISTLE ON THE VATICAN
Many investigators claim that the Vatican is at the epicenter of this vast, interlocking global corporate cabal.
The people orchestrating the mass arrests from the inside also know this — based on information I and others have gathered.
On July 2nd, an important article appeared in the German press about the ever-accelerating Vatican Bank scandal, which began kicking into high gear as of June 5th, 2012.
This is all part of the orchestrated series of disclosures that must precede the mass arrests.
July 2: Growing Vatican Bank Scandal Threatens Catholic Church Image
The Vatican scandal over shady bank accounts and millions in suspect transfers began shortly before sunrise on June 5 on Via Giuseppe Verdi, a picturesque street in the old part of Piacenza, a town in northeastern Italy….
The documents confiscated from Gotti Tadeschi, a former confidant of the pope, provided Italian law-enforcement officials insight into the innermost workings of the Vatican bank.
The secret dossier includes references to anonymous numbered accounts and questionable transactions as well as written and electronic communications reportedly showing how Church banking officials circumvented European regulations aimed at combating money-laundering.
A Possible Motive
The drama unfolding in the Vatican is now heading toward a climax….
Several high-ranking officials within the Curia viewed the bank, officially known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), as something akin to a trust company for clandestine monetary transactions that is not only used by the Church, but allegedly also by the mafia as well as corrupt politicians and companies.
In one of the seized Gotti Tedeschi memos, he wrote: “I’ve seen things in the Vatican that scare me.”
It is a clear turning, one which transforms the so-called “Vatileaks” affair into a financial scandal that could seriously damage the reputation of the Holy See.
Internal correspondence dated May 22 from a member of the bank’s supervisory board to the Vatican’s Secretariat of State notes that the Vatican bank is presently “in an extremely fragile and precarious position”and that the situation had reached “a point of imminent danger.”….
THE VATICAN LEADERSHIP IS ALARMED
As we continue with our excerpt, we see just how deeply this scandal is affecting the Vatican. This has the potential to break into mainstream consciousness on a huge level.
The Vatican leadership is alarmed. Archbishops and cardinals are far from thrilled that Italian officials are now rummaging around in their secret affairs.
Papal spokesman Federico Lombardi has openly threatened Italy’s law-enforcement apparatus and urged it to kindly respect “the sovereign rights of the Holy See.”
In other words, he believes that all those documents including confidential details about the Vatican bank that were seized during the search of Gotti Tedeschi’s home should not be in the hands of Italian investigators….
Its business model depends on keeping things as shrouded as possible from all financial authorities.
Capital gains are untaxed, financial statements are not disclosed and anonymity is guaranteed.
The bank’s exotic status of belonging to a religious monarchy in a sovereign state the size of a city park has shielded it from investigations and unpleasant external monitoring….
The Vatican has yet to divulge the business practices its bank has been using for decades. “There is fear that, owing to the transparency necessary today, one will find something in the past that one doesn’t want to,” says Marco Politi, a Rome-based Vatican expert.
Such things could include a complex system of ghost accounts and shell companies like the bank had when Archbishop Paul Casimir Marcinkus was its head in the 1980s….
INCESTUOUS RELATIONSHIP WITH JP MORGAN
Remember that JP Morgan is the sixth most powerful corporation in the entire “super-entity” of 147 companies identified by the Swiss scientists.
This “super-entity” controls 80 percent of the world’s wealth. Now we know that there was an incestuous relationship between JP Morgan and the Vatican Bank.
In 2009, the same year that Gotti Tedeschi took over as president of the IOR, the bank set up an account with the Milan-based branch of the American bank JPMorgan Chase.
From that point on, millions started flowing on an almost daily basis from JPMorgan’s Milan office to the one in Frankfurt, where the IOR also had a JPMorgan account.
Vatican officials opted for a special account in Milan with the number 1365, a so-called “sweep facility account,” which was automatically zeroed out at the end of each day.
The Vatican bank confirmed the existence of this account late last week, though it said it was primarily used for handling securities transactions.
Through last year, this financial set-up was allegedly used to process more than a billion euros for the Vatican bank. Italian investigators suspect that it was also used to launder funds from dubious sources.
JP MORGAN DIVORCES THE VATICAN BANK
On March 19, 2012, JP Morgan shocked the financial world by suddenly and abruptly “divorcing” the Vatican Bank.
The announcement was made public after the separation had already started — and less than two weeks before the divorce was complete.
This was clearly a sign that the Federal Reserve bankers knew troubles were ahead — and were scrambling for cover as they broke into rival, warring factions.
March 19: JP Morgan Divorces the Vatican Bank
VATICAN CITY/MILAN, March 19 (Reuters) – JP Morgan Chase is closing the Vatican bank’s account with an Italian branch of the U.S. banking giant because of concerns about a lack of transparency at the Holy See’s financial institution, Italian newspapers reported.The move is a blow to the Vatican’s drive to have its bank included in Europe’s “white list” of states that comply with international standards against tax fraud and money-laundering.The bank, formally known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), enacted major reforms last year in an attempt to get Europe’s seal of approval and put behind it scandals that have included accusations of money laundering and fraud.Italy’s leading financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore reported at the weekend that JP Morgan Chase in Milan had told the IOR of the closing of its account in a letter on Feb. 15.The letter said the IOR’s account in Italy’s business capital would gradually be phased out starting on March 16 and closed on March 30.In Milan, JP Morgan Chase declined to comment and the Vatican also had no comment.
BARCLAYS CEO SUDDENLY RESIGNS ON JULY 2ND
Now, as we jump back into our timeline, the Vatican scandal got worse as of June 5th, after JP Morgan fled the scene — and the story got major publicity as of July 2nd.
Then, the very next day, the CEO of Barclay Bank suddenly resigned — even after he had been digging his heels in and saying “hell no, I won’t go” before that.
What kind of pressure was applied to Mr. Diamond to make him suddenly shift so dramatically?
July 3: Barclays CEO Suddenly Resigns, 24 Hours After Defiant Self-Defense
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/barclays-chief-executive-bob-diamond-resigns-064421614–finance.html“Bob Diamond has quit as chief executive of Barclays bank in a shock twist to the rate-rigging scandal.Marcus Agius, who anounced his intention to resign as chairman only yesterday [July 2nd], is to take over the running of the bank while a successor to Mr Diamond is found.The announcement was unexpected in that Mr Diamond had made it clear to staff in a memo 24 hours earlier [July 1st] that he had no intention of falling on his sword – saying it was his responsibility to restore the bank’s reputation.”
PEOPLE START REALIZING THE WHOLE GAME IS RIGGED
On July 3rd, the same day as our Current TV episode aired, the Huffington Post featured an article showing how the public is realizing that the whole investment game has been rigged
July 3: LIBOR Scandal Suggests the Whole Game is Rigged
A string of Wall Street crises, including the 2008 stock market crash, the collapse of the mortgage market, the botched Facebook IPO and the scandals at JPMorgan Chase and Barclays have meant “some very heavy body blows experienced by the public,” Richard Grasso, former chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, told CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo on Tuesday.
“It’s been a real tough time for consumers who want to get back into the market.”
Grasso’s comments followed remarks last week by Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro that investors have a “concern about the integrity of the marketplace.”
Schapiro told a congressional subcommittee that U.S. markets are threatened with “an unwillingness [on the part of investors] to ever engage in the markets again.”
Investors are unsure “whether they’re getting accurate and honest information” from companies looking to sell stock to the public and uncertain “whether the market structure itself is tilted against the individual investor and in favor the institutional investor,” Schapiro said.
A recent survey from financial research and advisory firm Tabb Group reported that 31 percent of investors had “weak” or “very weak” confidence in the stock market, compared with 15 percent in 2010.
“There are some people out there feeling like the game is rigged,” said Frederick.
“There have been enough events to make them suspicious. I think that’s unfortunate. And the industry needs to continue to make efforts to allay the concerns.”
BARCLAYS BETRAYS THE ROTHSCHILDS — I.E. THE BANK OF ENGLAND
The Bank of England has been controlled by the Rothschild family since the early 1800s, as I revealed in Financial Tyranny.
You don’t directly see the name “Rothschild” in the super-entity of 147 corporations, but it’s hiding in there behind other names.
It was very shocking to see Barclays Bank publicly throw the Rothschilds — i.e. the Bank of England — under the bus as the screws turned on them.
July 3: Barclays Claims Bank of England Told Them to Rig Interest Rates
A memo published by Barclays suggested that Paul Tucker gave a hint to Bob Diamond, the bank’s chief executive, in 2008 that the rate it was claiming to be paying to borrow money from other banks could be lowered.
His suggestion followed questions from “senior figures within Whitehall” about why Barclays was having to pay so much interest on its borrowings, the memo states.
Barclays and other banks have been accused of artificially manipulating the Libor rate, which is used to set the borrowing costs for millions of consumers, businesses and investors, by falsely stating how much they were paying to borrow money.
The bank claimed yesterday that one of its most senior executives cut the Libor rate only at the height of the credit crisis after intervention from the Bank of England….
The disclosure of the document threatened to plunge one of the biggest high street banks into open war with the country’s central bank, which will soon assume responsibility for regulating Barclays.
In one of the most dramatic days in British corporate history, Mr Diamond resigned yesterday, less than 24 hours after telling staff he was the right man to reform the bank….
MATT TAIBBI DROPS A BIG ARTICLE ON LIBOR ON JULY 3RD
Also on July 3rd, the same day he appeared on Current TV, Matt Taibbi released a significant article on the LIBOR scandal.
His journalism blends a gut-level realism with exceptional research — and therefore has a way of cutting through the jargon and getting to the core of the issue.
July 3: Why Is Nobody Freaking Out About the LIBOR Scandal?
The LIBOR manipulation story has exploded into a major scandal overseas.
The CEO of Barclays, Bob Diamond, has resigned in disgrace; his was the first of what will undoubtedly be many major banks to walk the regulatory plank for fixing the interbank exchange rate.
The Labor party is demanding a sweeping criminal investigation. Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, responded the way a real public official should (i.e. not like Ben Bernanke), blasting the banks:
It is time to do something about the banking system… Many people in the banking industry are hardworking and feel badly let down by some of their colleagues and leaders.
It goes to the culture and the structure of banks: the excessive compensation, the shoddy treatment of customers, the deceitful manipulation of a key interest rate, and today, news of yet another mis-selling scandal.
The furor is over revelations that Barclays, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and other banks were monkeying with at least $10 trillion in loans (The Wall Street Journal is calculating that that LIBOR affects $800 trillion worth of contracts)….
That is explosive stuff…
The implications of that part of the story should be particularly chilling to Americans, who in recent years have been party to a number of revelations about strange and seemingly inappropriate contacts between senior regulatory officials and big bankers during the heat of the crisis.
We know that American officials in 2008-2009 were extremely concerned about the appearance of weakness in the financial markets, so much so that they may have resisted pursuing criminal prosecutions against big banks, and we also know that they spent a lot of time commiserating with Wall Street figures before and during the crisis….
TAIBBI REVEALS “IT’S LIKE THE WORLD’S ECONOMY IS BUILT ON QUICKSAND”
As our excerpt continues, you can feel even more of the powerful indignation and shock that is rippling through the global investment community at this time.
Even the most skeptical and sarcastic folks in the financial world have been hit in the head with a wooden plank by this scandal.
Anyway, the LIBOR story is leading the front pages of most of Britain’s dailies, it’s on TV, and it’s producing blistering editorials and howls of outrage amongst politicians and activists.
But as compadre Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism put it, where’s the outrage here in America?….
The New York Times, meanwhile, did chime in with a house editorial yesterday, and it was appropriately somber. And there has been some coverage in the financial press.
But to me what’s missing from all of this is the “Holy F–king S-it!” factor.
This story is so outrageous that it shocks even the most cynical Wall Street observers.
I have a friend who works on Wall Street who for years has been trolling through the stream of financial corruption stories with bemusement, darkly enjoying the spectacle as though the whole post-crisis news arc has been like one long, beautifully-acted, intensely believable sequel to Goodfellas.
But even he is just stunned to the point of near-speechlessness by the LIBOR thing. “It’s like finding out that the whole world is on quicksand,” he says.
So as far as the stateside press goes, I’ve got to assume the cavalry is coming soon. But when?
THE IRS GETS AUDITED FOR BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN FRAUD — JULY 3RD
Furthermore, on July 3rd we found out the IRS was being audited — for billions of dollars in fraud.
The IRS is not innocent in all of this either. Corruption exists throughout the entire system — as we are increasingly finding out.
Their own employees have now turned against them.
July 3: IRS Gets Audited — For Allowing Billions of Dollars in Fraud
The federal agency that strikes fear into many U.S. taxpayers is getting a dose of its own medicine – as it is now the focus of a year-long audit for allowing illegal aliens to scam the system and bilk taxpayers out of billions of dollars every year.
Federal employees are blowing the whistle on the Internal Revenue Service, according to a report by Indianapolis television station WTHR-TV….
Howard Antelis, a tax examiner at the IRS’ ITIN processing center in Austin, Texas, explained: “We were being told by upper management to ignore fraud, to assign ITIN numbers and … pay out refunds to people who are lying. It’s a license to steal when you allow that.”…
Antelis said he reported the scams regularly to his managers – for years – with no result.
Frustrated with the inaction, he called the Inspector General’s office in Washington, D.C.
“I’ve been working for the federal government for 23 years and I signed an ethical standard of conduct when I went to work that says if you see fraud, you need to report it,” he said.
“I tried and tried and tried, couldn’t get anywhere so … I went into a quiet room and started making phone calls.”…
The auditors made a shocking discovery: IRS employees were, in fact, encouraged to overlook indications of fraud….
“It’s pure negligence by management and they’ve been trying to keep it quiet,” Antelis said. “There is a criminal element that is defrauding the U.S. government by filing mountains and mountains of these fraudulent applications.
“We see them in piles in bulk every day that are obviously not legitimate documents and not legitimate tax returns and not legitimate wages … and [IRS managers] don’t want to deal with it.
“That’s where all the fraud is. The fraud is in the fake notary stamps and fake documents which we’ve been accepting.”
BRITISH PARLIAMENT CALLS FOR MASS ARRESTS
By July 4th, members of the British Parliament were openly calling for mass arrests of the top CEOs and bankers who manipulated the LIBOR rate for their own gains.
July 4: British Parliament Calls for Mass Arrests in LIBOR Scandal
The prime minister [David Cameron] said a single parliamentary inquiry into the “appalling” events would be the most “swift and decisive” course of action.
But Labour’s leader [Ed Miliband] said this was “too narrow” and a much wider judicial probe into the culture of banking was needed….
At Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Cameron said the manipulation of the key Libor inter-bank borrowing rate by Barclays traders was “outrageous” and those responsible for “spivvy and probably illegal activity” should be held to account.
“People want to know that crime in our banks, crime in our financial services, will be pursued and punished like crimes on our streets,” he told MPs….
But, in heated exchanges in the Commons, Mr Miliband said the prime minister did not understand the “depth of public concerns” about the matter and was failing to act in the national interest.
“Whenever these scandals happen, he has failed to act and he stands up for the wrong sort of people.
“His party is a party bankrolled by the banks. If he fails to order a judge-led inquiry people will come to one conclusion. He simply cannot act in the national interest.”
MORE TO COME
Over the years, I have built up contacts with insiders who are very well-positioned — due to my role as a public investigator.
I received information that absolutely convinced me there was a plan to do the impossible — to actually break up this Cabal and arrest its top conspirators.
Some people thought the mass arrests we’ve been discussing on this site would just start one day.
All of a sudden, the marshals and the troops are out in the streets — and top Cabal people are being hauled off to prison.
What we are now seeing is a plot twist that had to be hidden — for obvious reasons — but it makes perfect sense.
If you want to make mass arrests, in a way that is fair, legal and publicly supported, first you need to make mass charges— followed by mass lawsuits.
If you suddenly just arrest thousands of top people, with no legal precedent, the public will not know who to trust.
This way, the process occurs in a much less traumatic fashion. You have to awaken the public to the problem first, on a mass level, before any palpable solution can be offered.
UPDATES WILL CONTINUE
So far this investigation has just begun. I am hosting a CONVERGENCE conference in Chicago and have to work within the cracks.
I will continue releasing sections as they become available.
We’re still only up to July 4th in our timeline — and after we reach the end of the timeline, there is still much more to discuss.
I must say that I have been very excited by these developments. I didn’t write lots of small updates in the intervening period, because I wanted to do it right — the first time.
I do hope to have everything I’ve got published online by this coming Wednesday at the latest. Stay tuned!